Kali Linux WSL WITHOUT Microsoft Store

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Before you start, make sure your Windows 10 OS is up to date as version 1903 or higher can run this. To check the version, click Windows Start Button and type System Information, next to Version you’ll see your current number.

If lower than version 1903, go to Settings and Update to get latest changes.

Okay, now you’re good to go!

1. Setup Subsystem for Linux

Right click Windows Start Button and open Windows PowerShell (Admin). Copy/paste:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart
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Then copy/paste:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart
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If you have any issues or need more info, see Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10.

2. Download Kali Linux .appx file

Click this link to start download of Kali Linux. [https://aka.ms/wsl-kali-linux-new]

May take a couple of minutes depending on your internet speed.

Once downloaded, run file to install.

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For any other Linux distro, see Manually download Windows Subsystem for Linux distro packages.

3. Setup Kali

Great! Now Kali Linux is installed via WSL, now setup your username and password.

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I recommend also running sudo apt update && upgrade to ensure all packages are current.


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